Alzheimer's disease results in the appearance of cytoskeletal disorders yielding pathological structures such a neurofibrillary tangles or dystrophic neurites. It has been previously described that the microtubule-associated protein, tau, modified by phosphorylation in serines adjacent to prolines, is a major component of these structures. Here, we show that another microtubule associated protein, MAP1B, aberrantly phosphorylated by a proline-dependent protein kinase, is a component of these previously mentioned structures. Thus, a possible common phosphorylation of axonal MAPs such as tau or MAP1B may correlate with their association with those aberrant cytoskeletal structures present in AD.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
- Cytoskeletal disorder
- Proline-dependent phosphorylation